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‘Govt working for dev of irrigation system’

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  • 3 December, 2021 12:00 AM
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‘Govt working for dev of irrigation system’

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Agriculture Minister Dr Muhammad Abdur Razzaque on Thursday said the government is working hard for the sustainable development of irrigation system and efficient use of water resources in the country.  

The minister made the statement while speaking as the chief guest at a seminar titled ‘Online Survey and Monitoring on Sustainable Development of Small Irrigation’ at the auditorium of Bangladesh Agriculture Development Corporation (BADC) in the capital on Thursday.

The seminar was organised by BADC under the ‘Survey and Monitoring Digitization Project for Micro Irrigation Development’.

 “The country has achieved outstanding success in the development of irrigation system, including expansion of irrigation facilities, increase in irrigation efficiency, and construction of underground pipelines to prevent wastage of water and increase in surface water use, in the last 12 years,” said the minister.    

“Water is a priceless resource and irrigation is very important in increasing food security and crop productivity. But water is wasted in various ways, including irrigation. It needs to be reduced. That’s why the government is emphasising the need for construction of modern rubber or hydraulic elevator dams and various types of irrigation infrastructure, underground pipelines, surface water reservoirs, development of efficient irrigation system, and use of renewable energy,” he said.

Razzaque also said, “In water management, the advantages and disadvantages of agricultural production should be taken into consideration by the Water Development Board during the construction work of canals, dams, river excavation and re-excavation. That is why coordination between the Ministry of Agriculture and the Water Development Board needs to be strengthened.”

Senior Secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture Md Mesbahul Islam was present as a special guest at the seminar.

BADC Chairman AFM Hayatullah presided over the programme while former Director General of the Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE) Hamidur Rahman, BRAC University’s Center for Climate Change and Environmental Research Adviser Dr Ainun Nishat, CECGIS Executive Director Malik Fida Abdullah Khan and BADC Member Director (Micro Irrigation) Engineer Md Ziaul Haque, among others spoke at the event.